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Loma in Chouteau County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

The Manitoba Railroad

 
 
The Manitoba Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 14, 2019
1. The Manitoba Railroad Marker
Inscription.  The railroad grade you see before you was the St. Paul, Minneapolis and Manitoba Railroad, the precursor of the Great Northern Railway. In 1887, nearly 9,000 men constructed 550 miles of track across Montana's northern Great Plains between Minot and Great Falls in record time. The line connected with the Montana Central Railroad at Great Falls and gave Manitoba Railroad owner James J. Hill a profitable link to Butte and the surrounding mining districts. Hill offered more competitive freight rates than the Northern Pacific and Union Pacific railroads in an attempt to undercut the powerful transcontinental lines.
As railroads competed for supremacy, Montana's cities vied for transportation facilities. Fort Benton had prospered as the head of steamboat navigation and the hub of freight and stage lines to settlements in Montana, Idaho and Canada. But the railroads initially bypassed Fort Benton and replaced steamboats as carriers. Fort Benton had to adapt to survive. In 1888, Fort Benton businessmen funded the construction of a bridge across the Missouri River. The structure funneled the lucrative Judith Basin agricultural trade into Fort
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Benton. The routing of the railroad into Fort Benton in the late 1880s gave it new life as a trade center and railroad shipping point rather than a steamboat port.
 
Erected by Montana Department of Transportation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars.
 
Location. 47° 55.734′ N, 110° 30.829′ W. Marker is in Loma, Montana, in Chouteau County. Marker is on U.S. 87 near Lower Marias/Loma Ferry Roads, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Loma MT 59460, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Marias River (here, next to this marker); Victims of Blood Indian Massacre (here, next to this marker); Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail (approx. ¾ mile away); Decision Point (approx. ¾ mile away); Ophir (approx. 0.8 miles away); Fort Piegan (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named Decision Point (approx. 0.9 miles away); A Montana Crossroads (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Loma.
 
The Manitoba Railroad Marker, on right image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 14, 2019
2. The Manitoba Railroad Marker, on right
St. Paul, Minneapolis and Manitoba Railroad construction gang image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Unknown
3. St. Paul, Minneapolis and Manitoba Railroad construction gang
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 11, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 11, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 370 times since then and 81 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 11, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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